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Many collectors put the newly purchased purple sand pot directly in the cabinet for display or collection, without understanding the principle of keeping a pot.
Upon purchasing a new teapot, first check the lid to see if it fits securely, if there is any blockage of air release and if the spout pours smoothly. Also check inside the pot for any residue or dirt left on the bottom and walls. If dirt or blockage is present, use wooden or bamboo tea tools to remove it. If the lid is uneven or misaligned, use sandpaper or an abrasive stone to smooth it out and make sure it fits properly.
After inspecting and arranging the new teapot, put it in a clean pot with no strange smell, either with clear water or tea water. Put some tea leaves into the pot and place the new teapot in it. Boil for half an hour or one hour. Note that the amount of tea liquid in the pot should not be lower than the surface of the pot to prevent it from burning out. The best is to use the same kind and level of tea leaves as used later when brewing tea.
Some collectors do not understand the way of keeping a pottery teapot. They will just place the newly bought purple sand pot into the display cabinet or put it into the box, thinking that their job is done. However, this is actually an undesirable way to store a pottery teapot. An expert in collecting teapots told reporters that when you buy a new one, you must take good care of it before putting it away.
Before using the new pot, it is recommended to put some tea leaves in hot water for several times and then wash both inside and outside thoroughly to remove residual sand. It is better to use the tea leaves that were soaked to cleanse the pot (as some merchants may “make-up” the teapot for sale, this method can remove any odors caused by this action).
When caring for your teapot, don’t be too impatient. Never use a polishing cloth with fine particles as it can easily damage the surface and leave scratches, thus ruining the quality of the purple clay. A better method is to use a coarse cotton cloth to wipe and a nylon brush to clean. Don’t press too hard to avoid puncturing the teapot accidentally. When filling tea, pay attention to the correct gesture and gently press the lid along with your index finger. After drinking tea, you can wipe it clean with a clean towel, but do not leave tea on the pot surface for long time as it will accumulate a lot of tea scale over time which makes it look dull after wiping. A well-maintained pot should have an “introverted” shine. After drinking tea, it is best not to leave any tea leaves in the teapot and pour them away after cleaning. Although purple clay teapots are indeed non-stale overnight, drinks made from overnight brews will have an old taste due to health reasons. Purple clay teapots are not “safes” after all and drinking tea brewed over 10 hours will be harmful to one’s health.
When a new teapot is bought, some people choose to maintain it by boiling tea water. For this, boiling tea water in the pot has three advantages. Firstly, it helps remove the earthy smell of the new purple sand pot; secondly, it has the effect of sterilization; thirdly, the pores of a new purple sand pot are closed, so boiling it at high temperature helps open the pores and is beneficial for making tea and maintaining the pot in future. However, Ms. Ding believes that this method is a one-time formation process. She personally prefers to maintain the pot gradually with tea. After washing it once after cultivating for a period of time and repeating this process three times, the sand material can be cleaned thoroughly and there will be no need to wash it again afterwards. Letting tea residue stay in the pot also contributes to its maintenance since tea residue consists of nutritious components and minerals from tea leaves which can nourish the pot over time. Not only will its colour become milder but even natural aroma from tea leaves will be released eventually.
Additionally, please be reminded that do not use tap water when making tea with a kettle, since the smell of bleach in tap water would directly damage the mellow aroma of tea.